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Lithuanian DPA launches investigation into D-Link

In response to publicly available information, the Lithuanian data protection authority – State Data Protection Inspectorate – launched an self-initiated inquiry into the allegedly inappropriate processing of personal data by D-Link.

It is feared that D-Link equipment user passwords, browsing history or other information can be accessed by third countries’ servers through D-Link’s devices, allowing profiling and identification of consumers.

State Data Protection Inspectorate also noted that D-Link’s processing activity potentially amounts to a violation of the General Data Protection Regulation’s (GDPR) transparency principle.

Source: State Data Protection Inspectorate Launches D-Link Research | State Data Protection Inspectorate

Irish data watchdog examining WhatsApp security flaw

Ireland’s data protection watchdog – the Irish Data Protection Commission- said it was “actively engaging” with WhatsApp’s Irish division to determine if EU user data had been impacted.

But because WhatsApp is still investigating whether any EU data was affected as a result of the flaw, the company has not notified the watchdog of the breach under the bloc’s stringent GDPR regulations. The commission therefore has not yet launched a formal investigation into the vulnerability.

Source: Irish data watchdog examining WhatsApp security flaw

FTC settlement could impose new privacy practices on the Facebook

Stronger oversight of its data-collection practices could end a wide-ranging federal probe into a series of privacy abuses that came to light last year. The concessions could accompany a multibillion-dollar fine from the Federal Trade Commission, which opened its probe last year.

Facebook has told the U.S. government it is willing to submit to greater oversight of its data-collection practices — from the launching of new services to the decisions of its top executives — to end a wide-ranging federal probe into a series of privacy abuses that came to light last year.

Source: Facebook FTC settlement could impose new privacy practices on the social media company – The Washington Post

CNIL releases its 2018 annual report and announces its next challenges for 2019

On April 15 2019, the French Data Protection Authority (the “CNIL”) released its 2018 Annual Report.

In 2018 the CNIL:

  • received more than 11,000 data subjects’ complaints, which represents an increase of 32% as compared to 2017.
  • sought to provide professionals with guidelines and documentation and took into account the need for legal certainty in a context of increased sanctions and the demand for greater simplification for smaller businesses.
  • conducted 204 on-site inspections (including 20 on-site inspections of CCTV devices); 51 online inspections; 51 controls on a document production basis, and 4 hearings.
  • of the 310 controls carried out, only 11 sanctions were adopted by the Restricted Committee.

Source: CNIL releases its 2018 annual report and announces its next challenges for 2019 – Privacy, Security and Information Law Fieldfisher

The Irish Data Protection Commissioner opens investigations into 17 multinational tech companies

Speaking at the US Senate hearing, Helen Dixon has opened more than 50 investigations, some of which are expected to conclude by the end of the summer. The 50 investigations include domestic companies, public sector bodies and tech giants.

Source: The Irish Data Protection Commissioner opens investigations into 17 multinational tech companies

Irish data regulator looking into Facebook password gaffe

Ireland’s Data Protection Commission (DCP) has confirmed it’s looking into the hundreds of millions of passwords that Facebook stored without encryption.

The social network notified the regulator that user passwords for Facebook, Facebook Lite and Instagram were stored in plain text in the company’s internal servers.

Source: Irish data regulator looking into Facebook password gaffe | IT PRO

Inquiry launched into data use from no-deal Brexit ads on Facebook

The information commissioner’s office will use its legal powers to obtain information from Facebook about a secretive network of pro-Brexit advertising campaigns on the social network, following revelations about the involvement of Sir Lynton Crosby’s company in campaigns pushing for a hard no-deal Brexit.

The ICO will look at how any data, potentially including email addresses collected in the process of encouraging people to email their MP, is being handled.

Source: Inquiry launched into data use from no-deal Brexit ads on Facebook | Politics | The Guardian

UK to investigate bias of algorithmic decision-making

The potential for bias in the use of algorithms in crime and justice, financial services, recruitment and local government will be investigated by the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation (CDEI).

  • Centre will investigate how to maximise the benefits in the use of algorithms in recruitment, local government and financial services
  • Comes as organisation publishes its first full-year work programme and strategy setting out its priorities for the year ahead

Source: Investigation launched into potential for bias in algorithmic decision-making in society – GOV.UK

Facebook’s Data Deals Are Under Criminal Investigation 

A federal grand jury is looking at partnerships that gave major tech companies broad access to Facebook users’ information.

More than 150 companies, including Amazon, Apple, Microsoft and Sony, that had cut sharing deals with the world’s dominant social media platform entered into partnerships with Facebook, gaining broad access to the personal information of hundreds of millions of its users.

Source: Facebook’s Data Deals Are Under Criminal Investigation – The New York Times

UK’s ICO rides two businesses

The UK’s data protection watchdog raided two businesses suspected of making millions of nuisance calls.

The Information Commissioner’s Office has been investigating the companies, based in Brighton and Birmingham, for a year after receiving roughly 600 complaints about them.

The calls – said to involve road traffic accidents, personal injury claims and household insurance – did not identify the firms or allow people to opt out of receiving them.

Source: Raiding party! UK’s ICO drops in unannounced on couple of dodgy-dialling dirtbag outfits • The Register

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